The The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Bishop Solomon Amatu, has warned those distracting Governor Hope Uzodimma from the good works he is doing in Imo State to desist immediately or risk the wrath of God .
Delivering his homily on Sunday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Umuehie, Anara, Isiala Mbano region of Okigwe zone, during a confirmation ceremony for new communicants, Bishop Amatu who acknowledged that the emergence of Governor Uzodimma has all the outward signs of divine mandate, noted that no one can fight God successfully.
Bishop Amatu, whose sermon touched on service to God and humanity, commended the governor for his giant development progress in the state, which is mainly people-oriented, especially the road infrastructure which, according to him, made “movement very easy and quick in the state”.
He called on those who unleash terror and chaos on the state, thereby distracting and destabilizing the governor and his government, to sheath their swords or they might fight God. He said “no one can successfully fight God or his servants”.
His words: “Allow Governor Uzodimma to continue the good works he is doing for Imo State.”
The Bishop expressed the appreciation of the Catholic community in the Diocese of Okigwe for the reconstruction of the Owerri-Okigwe road, especially the first phase of the 56 kilometer highway already commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that this has made life more meaningful for people in rural areas.
He also congratulated Governor Uzodimma for remaining focused and calm in the face of blackmail and propaganda deployed by his detractors and political opponents to troll him on social networks in particular.
He regretted that in today’s Nigeria most of the activities that are supposed to be illegal are getting government recognition and also being legalized while people remain silent.
In his remarks at the end of the service, Governor Uzodimma told the congregation that the Owerri-Okigwe road has been fully paid for and will be completed before the end of January.
He said that God is not mistaken in his choice of leaders and reiterated that he came to sincerely serve the people of Imo. and with the fear of God.
He regretted that our people had suffered greatly because of the activities of leaders who did not the fear of God in them and therefore, care little for the welfare of the people.
“I can’t be governor and watch our people suffer,” he said while asserting that no government can succeed without the Church.
However, he challenged people to change their attitude and and mindset, “support good works and government programs designed to improve the lot of the people”.
The governor took the opportunity to apologize to the diocese for what people have been through over the past 14 months due to the insecurity and assured that the government is now aware of the situation.
He explained that the kidnapping cases experienced today are linked to the nefarious activities of convicted criminals who were forcibly released when Owerri Correction Center was bombed and more than 1840 fellow prisoners escaped.
He urged people to feel free and go about their business as the government is ready to protect them and thanked the Bishop for the homily and his many successes in the diocese.
The congregation could not control their excitement when the governor Uzodimma announced that he will complete the ongoing building of Holy Rosary Umuehie Parish Church that he assured them that it would be dedicated on Easter Sunday 2023.